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Geldenhuyspic2‘I joined Mintek in 1996 as a recent chemical engineering graduate and started a journey of amazing discovery, namely the world of pyrometallurgy. While watching my first pilot furnace being tapped in 1996, a spark was ignited and I fell in love with the bubbling cauldron we call furnaces. In the February issue of JOM, I was privileged that my review paper on practical perspectives of DC smelting was accepted for publication. The paper reflects on the lessons learnt during my 20 years of operating DC furnaces. In my paper I featured a favourite photograph I took in 2004 during a large demonstration project. JOM’s editorial team spotted the photograph during production and subsequently requested permission to use the photograph on the cover of the current issue. This picture truly captures the passion and spark that ignited a love for smelting and continues to inspire me in my field of interest, and I hope it will inspire others in the future.’ – Isabel Geldenhuys, SAIMM Fellow and Manager of the Pyrometallurgy Division at MINTEK

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Mining Weekly | Africa

The latest mining world news and project information from Africa.
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    State-owned power utility Eskom has rejected calls for its 2018/19 tariff to be capped at the level of inflation, arguing that such a move would be financially unsustainable as it would result in a revenue reduction, which would further squeeze its liquidity and could place the country’s credit rating at further risk. Several business organisations, individual companies and civil society groups called on the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to restrict the hike to consumer price inflation, or lower, arguing that Eskom should improve its sustainability by embarking an aggressive cost cutting and by addressing serious allegations of corruption and wasteful expenditure.
  • Shanta reaches cost-reduction goal
    In keeping with its previously announced strategy of optimising the financial performance of its operations, Aim-listed Shanta Gold has reduced annualised costs by $5.1-million, the company said in a statement on Monday. The company noted that the full benefit of this reduction would be achieved by the end of the first quarter of 2018. “The cost reductions are mostly comprised of renegotiated contracts with suppliers, lower headcount and eliminating non-essential spending,” said CEO Eric Zurrin.
  • Exxaro eases BEE scheme replacement concerns
    Diversified miner Exxaro Resources on Monday moved to ease shareholder concerns over its new replacement black economic empowerment (BEE) scheme that will ultimately hold a 30% stake in the JSE-listed firm. Shareholders had queried the ultimate controller of K2016475450 (BEE SPV), the special purpose vehicle that would hold a 52.2% stake in K2016473215, or NewBEECo, which in turn will hold the 30% stake in Exxaro.